Yes, Virginia, there is a plate of shrimp

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/12/09 03:01 -05:00, original URI:

In response to yesterday's blog (The "plate of shrimp" theory explains it), a depressing number of people admitted via the Contact link that they did not understand the reference....

In this case, n>0 would be depressing, but it was actually more than that (thus the depressing part)

Anyway, for the benefit of those who didn't get it, I'll explain here.

It comes from the 1984 film Repo Man:

Lots of people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidents and things.

They don't realize that there's this lattice of coincidence on top of everything.

I'll give you an example to show you what I mean:

Suppose you're thinking about a plate of shrimp.

Suddenly, somebody says: plate, or shrimp, or plate of shrimp.

No point in looking for an explanation. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.

Like there is no reason for the two (or more) related things to happen at the same time. But they do....

Don't you notice that, too?

Maybe if Virginia had left a plate of shrimp for Santa she wouldn't have needed to both the New York Sun with her Santa Claus questions. Perhaps Santa was thinking aout shrimp anyway! :-)


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jnelso99 on 9 Dec 2008 11:14 AM:

Yesterday I was listening to an mp3 of a radio show that had "Repo Man" clips.  I had never seen it (yet), so I looked it up on and read the trivia, which included a blurb about the "plate of shrimp".  Now I'm browsing the MSDN blogs and see this entry...


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